How To Be a Dhimmi, Without Even Trying. . .
Vol: 53 Issue: 24 Friday, February 24, 2006
How To Be a Dhimmi, Without Even Trying. . .
I had a most interesting conversation with my brother yesterday regarding the Danish cartoons and the global Islamic rioting that followed it.
My brother and I love to discuss the things that are going on in the world. Being brothers, we can be blunt with one another.
That’s what makes those conversations fun. We don’t get to have these conversations as often since I moved to North Carolina. It showed.
I was astonished to hear him mount an impassioned criticism of the Danish press for printing the cartoons and inflaming Islamic sentiments.
He waxed forth with rhetorical questions about how ‘we would feel’ if Danish newspapers posted blasphemous cartoons about Jesus, and so forth.
He went on to warn of the dire consequences that might ensue should we inflame the passions of the moderate Islamic world, and said that, even in a free country, the press should have suppressed the cartoons ‘out of respect for Islam’.
I was still picking my jaw up off the floor when I noticed his eyes seemed to be slightly out-of-focus and his voice had taken on a monotone quality. (Then I remembered his only sources of information are CNN and the CBC.)
Like I said, we are brothers, so I didn’t have to sugar-coat my response.
“Want me to play that back to you so you can hear how completely you’ve been brainwashed?”
“So, in your view, then, you are saying that “out of respect for Islam” we should submit to Islamic censorship when it comes to what is insulting to Islam?”
“Well, I don’t like the way you put it, exactly, but yes.”
“Did you see the cartoons?”
“How did they offend Islam? I mean, specifically. What about them was offensive?”
“They made the moderate Muslims mad. They didn’t have to print them.”
“If YOU don’t know what made them mad, then how would you know if you did something to make them mad?”
“Ummm. . . I don’t know the whole Koran.”
“So, then, your argument expands to include the Western world gaining a rudimentary understanding of the Koran so as to avoid giving offense?”
“Well, it wouldn’t hurt.”
“So, your argument expands to exposing the West to Koranic teachings so that nobody inadvertently gives offense to a religion that the West owes respect. While we’re on the subject, didn’t Dad always teach us that respect is something that has to be earned in order to be genuine? What, exactly, has Islam done to earn your respect? Let’s be fair. What has Islam done to earn global respect? You know, like Christianity has earned global respect for say, its charity. America is the most philanthropic country in the world, for example.”
“Ummm, I don’t know. Let me think.”
“No, I mean, really. If the West owes Islam respect it doesn’t grant any other religion, including Christianity or Judaism, you must be able to articulate some reason why.”
“I hate it when you do that!”
“So, we should learn a religion that we respect for reasons we can’t define, so as to avoid giving offense to ‘moderates’ to prevent them from rising up and killing us? Those who do, like the cartoonists, should be punished? And if you offend Islam because you failed to learn the lessons of the Koran, should you be punished?”
“Wow! Did I say that?”
“Calling these cartoons “unacceptable,” and censoring ourselves “in respect” to Islam brings the west into compliance with a central statute of Islamic sharia law. That’s not respect. It’s submission.”
After our conversation, I started reading some of CBC’s archived coverage of the Danish cartoon uprising and it was easy to see where my brother got the ‘submission’ soap to wash his brain with.
Leading headlines like “Protests of Cartoons of the Prophet Escalate in Islamic World” and “Tens of Thousands of Palestinians Demonstrate Against Prophet Cartoons” covered stories that centered on the offense rendered Islam’s “Prophet” while each reference to Mohammed conformed to the proper Islamic title of “The Prophet Mohammed.”
Noted one story, “Islamic law, based on clerics’ interpretation of the Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet, absolutely forbids depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, even positive images, in order to prevent idolatry.”
It is worthy of noting that the CBC story is incorrect. Islamic law does NOT ‘absolutely forbid depictions of the Prophet Mohammed. (That prohibition varies by sect within Islam.)
So, the CBC failed to study the Koran as carefully as it should have. If it makes another mistake, this time insulting Islam, should it be punished? Should editors start worrying about when they will get THEIR midnight knock on the door?
It is but one example of many to the submission of the Canadian press to Islamic restrictions. In each story, ‘Prophet’ was carefully capitalized.
Have you ever seen the secular press capitalize ‘he’ when referring to Jesus? Have you ever seen the secular press refer to Jesus as the “Messiah” the way Mohammed is referred to as ‘the Prophet’?
The cartoons themselves were described, but not shown. The descriptions were carefully crafted to convey the sense of insult without repeating the insult itself.
All the editorializing was reserved for those who inflamed the global rioting by their insensitivity to Islam, not on the fact that ‘moderate’ Islam was rioting over a cartoon!
It was so powerful that my brother, whom I love and deeply respect, was so taken in that his reaction to the propaganda blitz was an argument in favor of Western submission to Islamic law “out of respect” for Islam.
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way. And THEN shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2nd Thessalonians 2:7-11)
When that strong delusion does come, it will come upon a world more than prepared to receive it.
“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:15)
Until He comes.